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I SPLIT MY PANTS AT WORK ONCE. Luckily I had a safety pin in my shirt that SORT-of helped til I got home.

Oh my god, lemme tell you. We have this gas heater at work, right, and we turn it on when it’s cold or rainy.

I melted my pants on it. Yes, melted. Big hole right in the seat of my pants,where they’d billowed and touched the glass. I had to borrow a pair of pants from my supervisor to wear over mine AND I PROMPTLY MELTED THOSE TOO. IT WAS VERY EMBARRASSING.

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nubbsgalore:

every autumn, tens of millions of monarch butterflies travel to their ancestral winter roosts in mexico’s mountain fir forests, coating the trunks of the trees in the orange of their wings, and causing the branches to droop under their collective weight.

surfing winds from southern canada and the northern united states, and taking directional cues from the sun and magnetic poles, they travel 4,500 kilometres over two months to reach their hibernation grounds — a feat that still remains a bit of a mystery, but which has been going on for millions of years. 

interestingly, the autumn migration south is accomplished in one generation, which lives for about seven months, while the spring migration north is done over three generations, each living about six weeks.

last year’s migration, however, was the lowest on record, as excessive herbicide usage has reduced the supply of the milkweed plant which the monarch larvae rely on to feed, and which makes the monarch caterpillars toxic to predators. but the plant is now being destroyed from heavy use of roundup ready pesticides used in soy and corn crop production. 

further complicating matters for the monarch is climate change, as drought along their migratory route has exacerbated milkweed decline, and colder spring temperatures has meant the temperature-sensitive cold-blooded butterflies are unable to begin their journey north.

and once they reach their hibernation sites in mexico, the butterflies, which rely on a thick forest canopy for protection from the cold and rain, encounter deteriorating forests from illegal logging.

experts, however, are hopeful that this year’s migration will double or triple, thanks in large part to the conservation efforts of the mexican government. nevertheless, this increase would still put monarch numbers at one tenth of their record high of one billion.

photos by (click pic) joel sartore, paul bettings, lincoln brower, thomas d. manglesen and ingo arndt

kiransingh:

the only domestic instinct my parents have managed to pass on to me is the tendency to hoard multiple plastic bags in another plastic bag despite the fact that I will probably never need this many plastic bags in my adult life

turkeyinacan:

diggingaditch:

turkeyinacan:

shoutout to people working weekends and overnights and overtime, people working in hospitality and retail and food service, who are sacrificing time with their loved ones, so fuckers with weekday desk jobs get to live comfortably with the amenities we provide while simultaneously shitting all over us for not getting “real jobs”

This literally does not happen

You literally have no concept of the grown-up world.

kaalashnikov:

bergamonster:

juzzielicious:

brony-friendzoney-420:

theroyalguinea:

professional-skeleton:

From the article:

An email to Utah State University threatened “the deadliest school shooting in American history” if the school did not cancel a lecture Wednesday morning by a well-known feminist writer and video game critic.
"Feminists have ruined my life, and I will have my revenge, for my sake and the sake of all others they’ve wronged," read the message from a sender who claimed to be a USU student.
The message threatened to rain gunfire and shrapnel upon a lecture by Anita Sarkeesian, creator of a feminist video blog and a video series on misogyny in video games. She is scheduled to speak at 11:30 a.m. at the Taggart Student Center Auditorium.
"A Montreal Massacre style attack will be carried out," warned the message, sent to multiple departments and individuals around campus. "I have at my disposal a semi-automatic rifle, multiple pistols, and a collection of pipe bombs."
After consulting with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, the university decided to host Sarkeesian’s lecture as scheduled, said USU spokesman Tim Vitale.
"We’re an institution of higher learning. We educate people. This is what we do," Vitale said. "This is a chance for students to listen for themselves to the topic, voice their opinions as they choose, and learn something."
The university planned to increase security for the lecture and forbid backpacks in the auditorium.
The writer goes by the moniker “Marc Lepine,” after a shooter who murdered 14 women at a Montreal engineering school in 1989. The writer, as Lepine did in his suicide note, wrote that “feminists have ruined my life.”
"We live in a nation of emasculated cowards too afraid to challenge the vile, misandrist harpies who seek to destroy them. Feminism has taken over every facet of our society, and women like Sarkeesian want to punish us for even fantasizing about being men."
He wrote that increased security was futile.
"Even if they’re able to stop me, there are plenty of feminists on campus who won’t be able to defend themselves," he wrote. "One way or another, I’m going to make sure they die."
Sarkeesian is most famous for her critiques of how women are depicted in video games and popular culture and has received many death threats and terror threats against her speaking engagements. Those threats have escalated since a 2012 online harassment campaign targeted her fundraising for the video series, “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games,” which analyzes female stereotypes in the games.
"Anita Sarkeesian is everything wrong with the feminist woman, and she is going to die screaming like the craven little whore that she is if you let her come to USU," the email states. "I will write my manifesto in her spilled blood, and you will all bear witness to what feminist lies and poison have done to the men of America."

Regardless of what you think about Anita Sarkeesian in particular, this is just sick.

"Women overreact"

what the fuck

what the actual fuck


fucking baby men oh my god

men are literal shitstains

kaalashnikov:

bergamonster:

juzzielicious:

brony-friendzoney-420:

theroyalguinea:

professional-skeleton:

From the article:

An email to Utah State University threatened “the deadliest school shooting in American history” if the school did not cancel a lecture Wednesday morning by a well-known feminist writer and video game critic.

"Feminists have ruined my life, and I will have my revenge, for my sake and the sake of all others they’ve wronged," read the message from a sender who claimed to be a USU student.

The message threatened to rain gunfire and shrapnel upon a lecture by Anita Sarkeesian, creator of a feminist video blog and a video series on misogyny in video games. She is scheduled to speak at 11:30 a.m. at the Taggart Student Center Auditorium.

"A Montreal Massacre style attack will be carried out," warned the message, sent to multiple departments and individuals around campus. "I have at my disposal a semi-automatic rifle, multiple pistols, and a collection of pipe bombs."

After consulting with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, the university decided to host Sarkeesian’s lecture as scheduled, said USU spokesman Tim Vitale.

"We’re an institution of higher learning. We educate people. This is what we do," Vitale said. "This is a chance for students to listen for themselves to the topic, voice their opinions as they choose, and learn something."

The university planned to increase security for the lecture and forbid backpacks in the auditorium.

The writer goes by the moniker “Marc Lepine,” after a shooter who murdered 14 women at a Montreal engineering school in 1989. The writer, as Lepine did in his suicide note, wrote that “feminists have ruined my life.”

"We live in a nation of emasculated cowards too afraid to challenge the vile, misandrist harpies who seek to destroy them. Feminism has taken over every facet of our society, and women like Sarkeesian want to punish us for even fantasizing about being men."

He wrote that increased security was futile.

"Even if they’re able to stop me, there are plenty of feminists on campus who won’t be able to defend themselves," he wrote. "One way or another, I’m going to make sure they die."

Sarkeesian is most famous for her critiques of how women are depicted in video games and popular culture and has received many death threats and terror threats against her speaking engagements. Those threats have escalated since a 2012 online harassment campaign targeted her fundraising for the video series, “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games,” which analyzes female stereotypes in the games.

"Anita Sarkeesian is everything wrong with the feminist woman, and she is going to die screaming like the craven little whore that she is if you let her come to USU," the email states. "I will write my manifesto in her spilled blood, and you will all bear witness to what feminist lies and poison have done to the men of America."

Regardless of what you think about Anita Sarkeesian in particular, this is just sick.

"Women overreact"

what the fuck

what the actual fuck

fucking baby men oh my god

men are literal shitstains

(Source: professional-student-loans)

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Romantic love doesn't hurt female characters, but arguing that women must experience it does.

oneshortdamnfuse:

It’s been a few days, but I feel the need to address this post because I can’t stop thinking about it, and what it means to me as an aromantic person.

The purpose of the quote (which comes from a blog post called “Down with Love”), is to explain how romance and romantic feelings don’t ruin a female character. I understand the intentions of this post are to combat harmful stereotypes about what a female character should look like, but what it actually does is harm people in my community including myself. 

To start, I am an aromantic asexual woman. I don’t experience romantic feelings or feel romantically attracted to someone, nor do I experience sexual attraction. I don’t feel the need for it. That’s okay! However, this doesn’t mean I don’t experience other forms of love, such as caring deeply for friends and family in an unconditional manner. This doesn’t mean I don’t experience any vulnerabilities or emotions, as I have my own vulnerabilities and insecurities. This doesn’t make me a robot. This doesn’t mean I’m less human. People experience emotions differently

As I’m not particularly invested in the specific subject matter of the original blog post (Game of Thrones), I’m just going to address parts of the quote that harm me, and people like me. 

Repeat after me, folks: romantic plotlines don’t ruin female characters.

I agree with this, but also consider that romantic love isn’t the only thing a female character is capable of and can feel. The idea that everyone must experience romantic love and that this makes us normal and human, is called amatonormativity. It’s an inaccurate understanding of human experiences, and while romantic plotlines don’t ruin female characters (depending on how they’re structured), neither do non-romantic plotlines!

A female character isn’t weak because she has normal human emotions. She isn’t anti-feminist because she has vulnerabilities. 

Once again, I agree. However, being that this quote is centered on romantic feelings, the implication here is that if she doesn’t experience romantic feelings, she has no normal human emotions nor vulnerabilities. That then makes her less human. I understand and agree with the following sentiment:

There’s a difference between a female character existing entirely to be in love with the male character and a female character who happens to have a romantic subplot as part of her story.

…but then the next part bolsters my feelings that this quote upholds an inaccurate and problematic amatonormative perspective on humanity:

It isn’t feminist to insist that female characters have to be “badass” unfeeling robots, detached from absolutely anything considered “feminine,” including, apparently, emotions.

If you’re trying to argue that romance doesn’t hurt female characters, by suggesting that not having romantic feelings makes you less human, you’re still hurting female characters! A woman who rejects femininity, and romantic feelings, is no less human or robotic. (And really, if you think humans have to be hard wired for romance, that seems very robotic to me.)

Even then, femininity does not equal “romance,” though it might more often be associated with tender emotions. People who are aromantic, including myself, can still be feminine. Rejecting romance does not mean rejecting femininity. Rejecting romance and femininity, does not mean rejecting human emotions or simply not having them. I have many human emotions, they’re just incredibly devalued by a society whose emphasis on my worth as a human is placed on my ability to experience romantic love and sexual attraction. 

Sure, we don’t want female characters to be damsels in distress, but swinging in the other direction, to cardboard-cutout-badass-making-quips, isn’t much better. 

Women who are in distress and need help are still women. Women who can stand on their own, and don’t need help are still women. Insisting that women be one thing and one thing only or idealizing what women should look and act like is still problematic and a huge issue with feminism today! What we need to do, is to focus more on challenging problematic perspectives that force women into boxes - that limit what they can be. We’re not going to do that if we insist that women can’t be a damsel in distress or a “badass.”

Also, I appreciate it, but not being able to experience romantic feelings doesn’t necessarily make someone a “badass.” It just happens to be how some of us are. We can do “badass” things, and be anywhere on the spectrum of experiences in regards to love. That’s part of acknowledging that women can be many things all at once. They can be complex, whether they experience romantic feelings or not. 

Good female characters appear human. And sorry, romance-haters, but love is a part of that

This is really the straw that broke the camel’s back for me, because it proves to me that this is an amatonormative analysis of female characters. No no no, good female characters can be anything!What matters is how they are positioned within the structure of a story and how we choose to view them as a society based on the restrictive values we’ve grown up with (but seldom challenged). 

Sorry, people who would rather dehumanize aromantic people in order to argue the importance of a romantic plotline, but romantic love is not the end all be all and aromantic women exist

jaclcfrost:

why does everything have to be solved by true love’s kiss like why can’t things be set right by true friendship’s high five, embrace, and session of several songs sang together loudly and off-key

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awyeah finally the hubby can get into this.

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awyeah finally the hubby can get into this.

Huh. Apparently ‘knock down’ and ‘hit with car’ DON’T mean the same thing.

sunteaflower:

We call ships ‘she.’ We call our war machines ‘women.’ We compare women to black widows and vipers. And you’re going to tell me it’s not ‘lady-like’ to scream, to take up space, to fight and demand respect and do whatever the hell I want. You’ve looked at nuclear bombs and been so in awe that you could only name them after women. Don’t try to down-play my power.